Do supplements work? Does it really do what it says? I heard it on TV. If you have ever searched for a supplement on the internet then it is likely you have been exposed to some form of false advertising. One area that is truly bad is prostate supplements or prostate formulas. Beware sights that offer comparison reviews and then selectively claim that this product is # 1. Almost all of these sites receive compensation from the makers of the products recommended. The staff and/or website owners have no credentials or qualifications to review or perform any form of quantitative analysis. If you like the freedom to purchase supplements, without a prescription, then it’s time to step up and actually help the organizations in this article to do a better job at protecting all consumers from false advertising, false treatment claims, and misleading representations and information. If we fail then legislators will have no choice but to restrict everyone’s access to all supplements as a group.
This article applies to all supplements that consumers’ freely access in the market place. This article is brought to you by IMS Supplements, Inc. the manufacturer of the Best Prostate ® Formula. Due to this, prostate supplements will be used in our examples. For anyone who has ever purchased a prostate supplement from an advertisement or has performed a search on the internet it is most likely you were exposed to misinformation.
Every day people all across the North American continent are exposed to celebrities claiming this or that supplement will change your life. We witness actors in lab coats whom appear to be doctors. We are enticed to call now and as a result promised a free bottle of this miracle prostate product. Often the free product promised is not free because consumers are signed up to be automatically billed and shipped product. In order to do this, businesses store the consumer’s credit card information. Before you buy any supplement over the internet or on the television it is best to check if other consumers have complained about the product or the company. Most of us are familiar with the non-profit organization the Better Business Bureau (BBB). It is important to look at the number of complaints that have been filed against a specific business. Often businesses can have an “A” rating yet have hundreds of consumer complaints. An extremely popular website ComplaintsBoard.com allows users to search on a product name and users can read the complaints that have been filed.
In the background there are multiple organizations that do their best to protect consumers. One of these organizations is the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and another is the National Advertising Division® (NAD®) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Recently the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council, the Council for Responsible Nutrition was notably active in the activities of a famous celebrity television physician and the United States Congress. Another organization, National Advertising Division® or NAD® reviews national advertising for truthfulness and accuracy. Their policies are established by the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC). This organization reviews national advertising on broadcast or cable television, in radio, magazines and newspapers, on the Internet (websites) or commercial on-line services, or advertising provided direct to the home or office. This organization focuses on product performance claims, superiority claims against competitive products and all kinds of scientific and technical claims. In March of 2009, the manufacturer of the product Best Prostate was contacted to participate in a voluntary review of its website www.bestprostate.com . Every sentence on the website was examined for product claims, superiority claims, scientific claims and or technical claims. This review process was a 6 to 9 month process. We are thankful to have participated in this process and feel that all manufacturers’ product websites should go through this process in the interest of consumer safety and truth in advertising. If this was the case then consumer freedom to access dietary supplements would not be in jeopardy.
The National Products Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is also actively involved in consumer safety and truth in advertising. The organization also promotes research and education related to natural products. In 2013, this organization reviewed 275 advertising cases, mailed 150 warning letters, and referred 40 cases to the FTC and the FDA.
In severe cases supplement manufacturers make actual treatment claims for a disease state. This is illegal. When the claim can actually cause harm the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will actually send a warning letter or enforcement action to the manufacturer. These are readily available to consumers by doing a simple search on the internet. If you are ingesting or swallowing a tablet, capsule, or any fluid, it is important to know who you are buying from, and if they have a history of, or have received enforcement actions from the FDA. There are two very easy ways to check this. The first way is to do a search and enter “product name” and then “FDA” on the same line. Then perform the search. You can also substitute the “product name” and use the “Company Name” and then “FDA” and perform the search. If the search shows an entry from “www.fda.gov” then you really have to consider the integrity and honesty of the manufacturer. When it comes to consumer safety manufacturers have a responsibility to be straightforward and honest.
In 2008 it was estimated that approximately 30 percent of men in North America diagnosed with a prostate disease used some complementary or alternative therapy primarily herbal agents, vitamins, supplements, and/or dietary intervention. It is now six years later and that number has increased significantly. This is partially due to the FDA warning issued in 2011 which found that in two large clinical trials with (5-alpha reductase inhibitors) prescription prostate medications that actually showed an increased incidence of high-grade prostate cancer. In addition every night our televisions tell us of yet another prescription medication with a dangerous side effect and that if you or a loved one experienced this or died you need to please contact the law firm. Who wouldn’t be a bit distrustful? Then the next commercial promotes the next latest and greatest prescription medication only to have a laundry list of side effects that is quickly read to us and then we are encouraged to ask our physician to prescribe it. It is no wonder why more and more consumers are embracing complementary or alternative therapies.
North American urologists and physicians in general have been slower than their European colleagues to use or even understand these complementary or alternative therapies. In Italy, 50% of the medications used by physicians for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are (plant-based) phyto therapies. While in Germany and other European countries, phyto therapies are first-line treatment for mild-to-moderate enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia/lower urinary tract symptoms (BPH/LUTS).1
Despite the positive benefits of using the phytosterols (ex. Beta-sitosterol ) and/or other complementary or alternative therapies, the use of some nutraceuticals in prostate disease have had less desirable consequences, showing lack of efficacy, adulteration, and/or severe side effects or drug interactions. The AUA (American Urological Association) has encouraged studies of the supplements being used by consumers. Despite this some physicians simply dismiss complementary and alternative therapies. In addition studies of phytosterols, with respect to an enlarged prostate, have been published in the same medical journals as their prescription counterparts. Examples: Lancet, British Journal of Urology, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. This can be confirmed by visiting NIH.GOV and simply entering the “ingredient” (beta-sitosterol) followed by “problem or disease state” (example: BPH). Respectfully with prescription medications the FDA requires adequate safety data for marketing, yet the number of estimated deaths for all adverse drug reactions and medication errors make these the 5th leading cause of death here in the United States. 2
Although many in the medical community here in North America level charges against complementary and alternative therapies and allege that they are unsafe. Statistics actually support that traditional prescription medications are guilty of being unsafe despite the submission of safety data to the FDA. With respect to prostate problems urologists do not necessarily treat BPH or prostatitis pharmaceutically based only on objective parameters. In fact, it is acknowledged that typically they treat these conditions by observation. For physicians to truly understand the benefits derived from nutraceuticals or alternative therapies in terms of enlarged prostate symptom improvements (or other medical condition) they must be aware and familiar with the published literature.
As we acknowledge the 20th anniversary of Congress passing the DSHEA, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. With this, Congress definitively stated that dietary supplements are a category of food, and not subject to FDA pre-approval thereby allowing your freedom to access complementary and alternative therapies. What is important is that consumers not assume that all supplement manufacturers practice truth in advertising. It is important to verify and look at the product’s reputation and the manufacturer’s reputation through the use of objective sources. Always consult and inform your health care provider when you initiate any complementary or alternative therapy. The information contained this article is designed to provide accurate information in regard to the subject matter presented. It is provided with the understanding that IMS Supplements, Inc. is not engaged in rendering medical advice. If expert assistance is required, the services of a competent medical professional should be sought. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products discussed or mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The author wishes to acknowledge the following resources used in writing this article.
1 Dreikorn K. Complementary and alternative medicine in urology. BJU Int. 2005;96:1177–1184.
2 CDC/NCHS National Vital Statistics System 2007, authors. Deaths, percent of total deaths, and death rates for the 15 leading causes of death: United States and each state, 1999–2003. [Accessed January 25, 2007].
Nickel JC, Shoskes D, Roehrborn CG, Moyad M. Nutraceuticals in Prostate Disease: The Urologist’s Role. Rev Urol. 2008;10(3):192–206.
This article was adapted from an original article published at ezine articles by the author.
More and more I see other manufacturers attempting to come out with a beta-sitosterol prostate supplement. Even some big names. What is amazing is that some of them do not get what consumers want. Look at the laundry list of other ingredients in small print below the supplement facts table. Magnesium stearate, Silica, Silicon dioxide, Di-calcium Phosphate. These are not natural or something consumers want to consume.
Worse is the beta-sitosterol from soybeans. “Round-Up Ready – Soybeans” to boot. If GMOs are important and unnatural other ingredients are important, then consumers have Best Prostate Formula from IMS Supplements. Each capsule still has 310 mg on non-GMO pine sourced beta-sitosterol in an all vegetable capsule. There are 60 capsules per bottle and not 30 like some manufacturers. Get the best, Best Prostate Formula from IMS Supplements, Inc. www.bestprostate.com
Often many people do not understand GMO (genetically modified organisms) and/or in this case GMO ingredients. An analogy to understanding GMO is this:
You have two tomato plants in a garden planted side by side. One is GMO and the other is all natural. The GMO tomato plant was genetically altered in a laboratory so that when it is planted it can withstand being sprayed with poisonous insecticides and or weed killers. To maximize return on investment the grower now sprays both plants with insecticide and pesticides because he feels that this will maximize his yield and he or she will not have to worry about weeds or insects destroying his fruit. The natural non-GMO plant dies as it cannot withstand being sprayed with pesticides. The sprayed GMO plant lives and produces big red tomatoes. The question is would you want to serve this tomato to your children or grandchildren? Would you want to consume this tomato yourself?
A non-GMO plant grown organically would not be sprayed with either insecticides or pesticides. There would be no chemical residues as a result of adulteration. The non-GMO tomato produces big red tomatoes. Would you eat these tomatoes and or serve them to your children or grandchildren? Most likely you would and they would be very good for you.
Ultimately the decision to consume and accept GMO products rests with each of us as individuals. When it comes to the Best Prostate ® Formula, Best Prostate ® is the only prostate supplement that is labeled GMO free or non-GMO. To accomplish this, the ingredient Beta-sitosterol in Best Prostate ® is sourced from pine bark. The ingredient is IP certified which means “Identity preserved”. This means that the ingredient has a pedigree and that it can be traced back to the source. Best Prostate ® uses ingredients that are sourced in the United States. Best Prostate ® is manufactured in the United States. In addition some users find it important to know that the Beta-sitosterol in Best Prostate ® is Kosher and Halal certified. If you have questions about Best Prostate ® contact IMS Supplements, Inc. at 888-768-3836.
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We all want what is best for prostate health. Prostate health is one of the top ten medical searches performed on the internet. With so many products to choose from and all the confusion it’s truly hard to make sense of all the prostate health products. The best way to check out any supplement is to go to www.bestprostatereview.com. There are 5 tools on the right that allow consumers to navigate these muddy waters. All you need is the product name and the name of the manufacturer. In addition you can use these tools for other supplement products and many people bookmark the site or save it as a favorite.
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There are numerous reports and pill reports and health guides regarding prostate supplements. Unfortunately they are not reliable and for the most part receive compensation for the product that they rank as number one, two, or even three.
Previously Best Prostate was included in some of these reports with false and misleading information concerning the ingredients and specifications of IMS Supplements, Inc.’s product Best Prostate®.
Why is Best Prostate® not on these web sites? Many of these sites have been notified that IMS Supplements, Inc. takes all fraudulent representations and misleading information about the IMS Supplements, Inc.’s products very seriously. Publishing defamatory and false information on a Website injures the reputation of the IMS Supplements, Inc.. These sites are clearly capitalizing and allowing capitalization on the popularity of the product name and trademark. Some of these websites went on to suggest that they sell the product Best Prostate®, however as a seller, they are ultimately responsible for the legality of any item that they offer for sale and the listing describing that item.
Erroneous information posted on the website constitutes libelous conduct actionable at law. In addition many of these sites violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by directly copying both photographs and actual content from IMS Supplements, Inc. websites.
IMS Supplements, Inc. demanded removal of all defamatory, fraudulent representation, and misleading information concerning the ingredients and specifications of IMS Supplements, Inc.’s product Best Prostate® from these sites.
If you find a site with claims regarding Best Prostate® that is not identified as owned and operated by IMS Supplements, Inc. please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-768-3836.
In addition we hope that consumers will report these practices to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission).
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Both men and women purchase prostate supplements. We want to make consumers aware of a new website www.bestprostatereview.com that was launched in April 2012 which is truly unique. Rather than talk about this prostate product and that prostate product and create phony rankings or allege that one product is better than another the customer is given the tools to actively compare and seek out the truth about a company or a product. These tools can be used for any supplement product you wish to know more about. The site is owned and operated by the maker of Best Prostate® Formula (www.bestprostate.com). The tools provided are owned by the respective agencies (FDA, BBB, Consumer Complaints Board, Whois, Natural Products Foundation, FTC)
Since fraud and miss-leading the consumer seems rampant on the internet the maker of Best Prostate®, IMS Supplements, Inc. has joined the Natural Products Foundation™ in the goal of “Truth in Advertising”. Numerous companies have joined in this pledge to consumers.
Dietary Supplement Truth in Advertising Pledge
We pledge to ensure that consumers get accurate information about legally marketed dietary supplements so that they can make informed decisions in promoting and maintaining their health. In that regard we pledge that any advertisement or marketing materials that we create, publish, or otherwise provide or disseminate will, to the best of our knowledge, be truthful, not misleading and substantiated under the requirements of both the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) as amended by Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and the Federal Trade Commission Act:
- Not making claims, either expressly or implied, that are not accurate and fail to adequately disclose qualifying information.
- Verifying that there is adequate substantiation for claims being made, including the level of support, type and quality of evidence presented, and relevance of the evidence to the claim.
- Not making claims through testimonials or expert endorsements that cannot be substantiated.
- Ensuring that claims based on traditional use have the appropriate substantiation or clearly communicate that the sole basis for the claim is its history of use for a particular purpose.
- Ensuring that claims are appropriate for dietary supplements and do not cause the product advertised to be a “drug” under the FDCA.
- Using the two-part disclaimer as stipulated by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 when appropriate.
- Strictly adhering to the use of “third party literature” as defined by DSHEA.
Consumers should look for the Natural Products Foundation™ program logo to ensure that the site they are purchasing from agrees to abide to “Truth in Advertising” Look for this logo: